Trip Start Jul 20, 2010
36Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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From Cusco, we caught a night bus, which we were told would take us directly to Copacabana. At around 4 in the morning, we seemed to be stopped at a small bus station in the middle of nowhere. Groggy from sleep, I went use the bathroom on the bus, only to be told that it wasn't working. I told the attendant that I really needed to go to the bathroom, and he pointed me towards a clump of bushes and told me to be quick. No more than 2 minutes later, when I was in the middle of those very bushes, the bus pulled away from the station and started to drive away without me
At 5am we reached Puno, and were told we had to wait another two and a half hours for our next bus - so much for the direct service. We were then bussed to the border, where we cleared immigration. Soon enough we were in Copacabana, a small town set on the shores of the huge, glimmering Lake Titicaca. We found a rustic little place to stay, with a view of the lake, and set about finding ourselves some of the famous trout from the lake.
At the local market stall we were in luck - a huge lunch, of soup, a whole fried trout, rice, fried potatoes and salad came to US$2.50. It was an excellent meal.
The next day, we got up early and caught a boat to Isla del Sol
We arrived at Yumani in the late afternoon, in time to find a simple hostel for the night, with a stunning view of the setting sun. We enjoyed a well-deserved pizza and a bottle of Chilean red, and watched the sun disappear behind the lake. For dinner, we enjoyed more trout at the Palacio de Trucha.
The next morning we caught the boat back to Copacabana, where we went back to the market for yet more trout, paddled around the lake on a giant swan, visited the local mosque-like church, and organised a bus to La Paz for the next day.